Veteran supervisory immigration and customs enforcement employee arrested for theft of government property
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – A supervisory special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was arrested today for allegedly stealing government property and selling it on eBay.
Steven Kucan, 47, of Wood Ridge, N.J., was arrested this morning by agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility on a Complaint charging him with one count of theft of government property. Kucan is expected to appear this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court.
According to the Complaint unsealed today:
Kucan supervised an administrative group at ICE’s offices in New York since the 1990s, and was responsible for obtaining, storing and controlling ICE equipment. While serving in that capacity, Kucan regularly stole ICE property between December 2004 and February 2011.
The defendant maintained an eBay account in the name of a relative through which he sold approximately $37,000 worth of ICE property – including printer cartridges, film, batteries, camera lenses, combat lights for ICE’s M-4 rifles, and an immersion suit designed to prevent hypothermia in cold water.
ICE employees reported they saw Kucan wheel ICE property out of the offices on carts, including one who saw him visit the offices to remove property on a Saturday.
Pursuant to the execution of a search warrant in February 2011, agents found numerous items of ICE property stored at Kucan’s residence, including personal computers, printers, keyboards, police batons, flashlights, work gloves, safety glasses, lifejackets, helmets, handcuffs, gun holsters, camera lenses, emergency lights and sirens, and two-way radio systems – items with a total value of approximately $40,000.
The charge against Kucan carries a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory K. Null; and ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola, for the investigation leading to the arrest.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley A. Harsch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.
The charge and allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Defense counsel: Raymond R. Granger Esq., New York